Nevada Opiate Addiction Treatment

In Nevada, opiate addiction is one of the most serious threats throughout the state accounting for more than 300 opiate overdose related deaths each year. This number is up from about 100 deaths reported in 2006 and nearly 200 deaths reported in 2008. Today, Nevada leads the nation in areas related to overdose, opiate abuse, addiction and the number of opiate based prescriptions that are written each year.

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  • Addiction treatment for opioid abusers can be difficult and sometimes even painful. However, the reward of putting an end to one’s opioid abuse is immense and can help someone create a better life for themselves.
  • Those who choose buprenorphine as their pharmacological treatment for opioid addiction can often receive the medication from a doctor’s office instead of having to go to a specialized clinic (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
  • While medication can be an extremely helpful part of recovery, one will need a well-rounded treatment program in order to fully overcome their opioid addiction, including behavioral therapy, frequent assessments from a doctor, and often, additional options like vocational counseling, HIV prevention and testing, and drug testing.
  • A substance abuse disorder is not an illness that can be cured like the chicken pox. Instead, it is more like diabetes or asthma: a chronic disease one must learn to manage over time.


  • In 2010, Nevada was the state with the second highest level of prescription opioid sales at 11.8 kilograms sold per 100,000 population. It was second only to Florida at 12.6 kilograms sold per 100,000 population (Western Journal of Emergency Medicine).
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, the drug overdose death rate in Nevada was higher than the national rate (20.7 per 100,000 population and 12.4 per 1000,000 population, respectively.)
  • Treatment admissions in the state, however, have increased in recent years. As stated by SAMHSA, in 2013, more individuals were enrolled in methadone treatment in Nevada than in 2010 (1,491 and 1,170, respectively).
  • Unfortunately, though, opioid-related overdose death rates continue to rise in the state. The rate rose 16.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, which, while not statistically significant, according to the CDC, is still troubling.
  • In 2015, the S. Department of Health and Human Services ranked Nevada among the states with the highest rates of past year opioid abuse or dependence, with a rate of between 10.8 to 12.9 per 1,000 persons aged 12 years and older. To make matters worse, the state only has a rate of between 0.7 and 3.0 for treatment capacity.


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